An update has emerged on an Ibrox transfer target, with a club from a top European league joining Rangers in the race for his services in the January window…
According to TuttoAtalanta, Serie A side Atalanta are now showing an interest in Gers target Danilho Doekhi and want to sign him when his contract with Vitesse expires in the summer.
The report claims that they have been in contact with the player over a potential pre-contract agreement this month to take him to Italy ahead of next season.
Gio van Bronckhorst could be headed for a disaster with this news as Rangers fans will be livid with the club if they end up missing out on a deal for Doekhi because they have not moved quickly enough.
The Gers are reportedly keen on tying him down to a pre-contract, which would alleviate any need to pay a transfer fee or negotiate with Vitesse for his services, but it remains to be seen how far advanced they are in their efforts to do so and this update could put them behind in the race.
Rangers must now react to Atalanta’s interest by intensifying their efforts to sign the Dutch beast as he could be an excellent signing.
Doekhi has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.01 in the Eredivisie this season and Thomas Letsch, manager of his current club, once lavished praise on the 22-year-old, saying: “Danilho is extremely important. He is one of the best centre-backs of the Eredivisie.
“Of course there is more talk about Oussama Tannane, Riechedly Bazoer and the attacking players. But it is very important for the team that you are stable and prevent goals. Everyone is responsible for that, but Doekhi, Jacob Rasmussen and also Tomas Hajek do a super job.
“He already played fantastic last year and this season he has performed at the highest level in every game. Danilho makes almost no mistakes and is an absolute team player, a very calm player. flat developed. He coaches other players very well. He is calmer than other players and perhaps that makes him less noticeable, but he is the reserve captain for a reason.”
This highlights his impressive form in the Netherlands and illustrates why fans will be gutted if the club are unable to secure a deal for his services. A defender who ‘makes almost no mistakes’ sounds like a player the supporters would love to see at Ibrox as it suggests that he is a reliable player who van Bronckhorst could trust to do a job week-in-week-out, which is why Atalanta landing him could be a disaster.